A Field Guide to the Natural World of the Twin Cities
Paperback ISBN: 1517905494
An illustrated guide to the natural habitats and rich diversity of wildlife in the greater Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area Though the Twin Cities and environs have proven a fine habitat for one particular species, the three million humans who call the area home share these 3,000 square miles with myriad animals and plants, all in a mosaic of various ecosystems. While most of the region’s wildlife has lost its original habitat to agriculture and urban development, a significant patchwork of native and restored habitat remains—prairies, woods, and wetlands, along with pockets in the parks and open spaces throughout the cities and suburbs. This easy-to-use guide gives novice and long-time naturalists alike the tools to find and explore these natural places in the metropolitan Twin Cities, some within the city limits and all within an hour’s drive of downtown Minneapolis. John J. Moriarty is a congenial expert on the remarkable diversity of plants and animals in the region’s habitats, from prairies and savannas to woods and wetlands such as swamps and marshes, to fens and bogs, lakes and rivers, and urban and suburban spots. Featuring Siah L. St. Clair’s remarkable photographs, maps, and commentary on natural history, this field guide invites readers to investigate the Twin Cities’ wildlife—familiar and obscure, sun-loving or nocturnal, shy or easily observed. Here are snapping turtles, otters, and Cooper’s hawks, the wild lupines, white water lilies, and sprawling white oaks, among hundreds of species found in the wild, the park, or even the backyard. Including notes on invasive species and a list of references and organizations, this book is a perfect companion and an unparalleled resource for anyone interested in discovering the rich natural world of the Twin Cities.
A Field Guide to Your Own Back Yard
Paperback ISBN: 1581572131
A lyrical field guide to the natural world surrounding the eastern U.S.'s residential areas profiles a wide variety of plant, animal, and insect life, in a reference that offers insight into birdfeeder behaviors, woodpile ecology, and more. Reissue.
The Flight of the Iguana
A Sidelong View of Science and Nature
Paperback ISBN: 0684836262
A naturalist/scientist introduces unusual creatures and their surprising habits, in a study that emphasizes the wealth of variety in the animal kingdom rather than the "freakishness" of the uncommon
The Great Animal Orchestra
Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places
Paperback ISBN: 031608686x
A musician and naturalist describes how the noise of humans is drowning out the sounds of nature and paints a picture of the relationship and connection between natural sounds and music that is becoming increasingly difficult to hear.
Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms
The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind
Hardcover ISBN: 0307263614
One of the world's most gifted natural scientists--acclaimed author of Dry Storeroom No 1, Life, Earth, and Trilobite--now gives us a fascinating book that reveals what the narratives of living creatures tell us about the history of evolution. Evolution does not simply obliterate its tracks as more advanced organisms evolve. Scattered across the globe, organisms and ecosystems that survive from far earlier times can speak to us of seminal events in the history of life. It is these animals and plants that Richard Fortey visits in the field, taking the reader on a voyage to the exotic, and sometimes everyday, places in which they live. Landscapes are evoked, boulders are turned over, seas are paddled as he explains the importance of understanding plants and animals as pivotal points in evolutionary history itself. Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms is a journey across the globe and across time that weaves a rich and brilliantly delineated tapestry of how life and our planet have evolved together.
How to Read Nature
Awaken Your Senses to the Outdoors You've Never Noticed: Taste Direction, Smell Time, Hear the Weather, and More
Hardcover ISBN: 1615194290
An expert on natural navigation invites readers to experience the outdoors like never before by combining his philosophy with 15 simple exercises that he hopes will reawaken the senses and help people their own discoveries about the natural world around them.
Hunting from Home
A Year Afield in the Blue Ridge Mountains
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0393049159
Traces the seasons of the year as experienced on a Shenandoah Valley farm and in the Virginia mountains, evincing such moments as a grouse hunt in a snowbound forest alongside an Irish Setter, wading through a trout stream in spring, observing birds and wildlife first-hand in summer, and hunting deer in autumn. 13,000 first printing.
I Love Dirt!
52 Projects to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature
Paperback ISBN: 1590305353
I Love Dirt! presents 52 open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location—from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country—each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child's sense of wonder. To learn more about the author, Jennifer Ward, visit her website at jenniferwardbooks.com and to learn more about the illustrator, Susie Ghahremani, visit her website at boygirlparty.com.